Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things

Randy O. Frost and Gail Steketee share an inside look into the cluttered brains of compulsive hoarders. Through profiles of their patients, the authors, both of whom have studied hoarding for years, provide a comprehensive view on the disorder that leaves its sufferers buried in junk—and sometimes literally trapped in their own homes.

Secret Teenage Sex Codes Revealed!

At least, that was the promise of a press release that landed in the NEWSWEEK inboxes this morning. "Secret texting codes: Are kids having sex and getting high under your nose?" asked the release.

BREAKING: Lesbian Divorce Appealed in Texas by Attorney General

Yesterday, Eve Conant reported on the difficulties same-sex couples face when they seek to end their partnerships. In some cases, partners who get married in one state find themselves unable to get divorced in another (most states have no residency requirements for marriage, but do for divorce).

At the Masters, Phil Mickelson's Win Takes Tiger off the Table

When Tiger Woods scored a hole in one on the seventh hole at the Masters this Sunday, he threw his hands up in a small celebration. For an instant, the strained look he'd been wearing for most of the tournament passed, but even though that shot put him back in the running for the green jacket, he didn't seem jubilant.

Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

Ten years after her minor role in an international drug ring, Piper Kerman leaves her bourgeois, lefty, New York City lifestyle for a 15-month stint in a minimum-security federal prison. In her new memoir, she chronicles surviving her year in the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Conn., and coming to terms with her past bad behavior.

UPDATE: Hank Johnson, Guam, and Hepatitis C: U.S. Rep Suffers From Too-Common Illness

Earlier today, we (along with a lot of other Web sites) poked fun at Rep. Hank Johnson's assertion that, were the U.S. to relocate naval personnel to Guam, "my fear is that the whole island will become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize." Over at The Gaggle, we called it the quote of the day, noting that "Guam is 212 square miles with a population of 175,877 (2008 estimate)."  Now we've come across information that makes the statement seem a lot less funny.

Tiger Woods Returns to Golf at the Masters: Just as NEWSWEEK Predicted, More or Less

ESPN reports that Tiger Woods's days of sex-rehab hiatus are coming to a close. According to a statement released Woods, he'll be back on tour in time for the Masters, which takes place next month. "I have undergone almost two months of inpatient therapy and I am continuing my treatment," Woods said in his statement. "Although I'm returning to competition, I still have a lot of work to do in my personal life." That's a slightly different tune than the one he was robotically singing last month...

Newsweek Rumblr: Tiger Woods Apology Edition

Rumblr is a forum for NEWSWEEK staffers to debate the big issues of the day, using the blog platform Tumblr. Early today, Mark Coatney, Andrew Cohen, Raina Kelley, and I gathered to discuss our reactions to the Tiger Woods apology.

Is It Possible That Max Baucus's Girlfriend Would Make an Excellent U.S. Attorney?

Over at the Human Condition, I posted a defense of Max Baucus—or rather, a defense of Melodee Hanes, the woman who somehow lost all of her credibility, intellect, and experience because her boyfriend happens to be a senator. (Maybe it has to do with the terminology: "boyfriend" and "girlfriend" instantly manages to make both parties sound like horny high-school seniors.) As I write in the post: It's entirely possible that Ms.